For all you layabouts out there who, like the Diary, spent the vacation eating Creme Eggs, an update on Hopkins's exploits might be in order. Paul Sillitoe, the 32-year-old with autism and other learning difficulties around whom the expedition was organised, reached 6,725 metres on the 7,055 metre North Col, the highest a person with mental disabilities has ever climbed. After guiding Paul to his record, Hopkins returned with him to the 6,450-metre advance base camp but then set out to climb back up the North Col to join his 15-year-old son Jereon at the summit. They then had to descend in the bitter cold, risking "a real danger of frostbite". Does this man come from the planet Krypton?
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